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“The first album I can remember owning was Taylor Swift’s first album.”

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“The Best of Lynyrd Skynyrd.”

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“A Cranberries tape cassette; My mom took me to get it and she made a big deal about it; I was 12.”

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“Something by the Police. It was a gift.”


Flap Doodle 5 years, 6 months ago

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riverdrifter 5 years, 6 months ago

Meet the Beatles. 1964. I was only 12 years old but I knew that things, they were a changin'...

Lenette Hamm 5 years, 6 months ago

Ditto riverdrifter-but I was 13 then. Best times of my life ~ and was one of the lucky girls who had a Dad kind enough to buy tickets to see the Beatles in KC at the old A's Stadium. Couldn't hear a damn thing, but I'll never forget it.

geekin_topekan 5 years, 6 months ago

I went and saw Purple Rain at the Granada opening weekend, 1984.

gphawk89 5 years, 6 months ago

Me too! My new roomie and I walked down from the schol hall. Wonder if we went to the same show?

Kat Christian 5 years, 6 months ago

Once f Floydhead always a Floydhead. Me too!!

Terry Sexton 5 years, 6 months ago

If it wasn't Allan, it was either The Beatles "Rubber Soul" or Lovin' Spoonful "Do You Believe in Magic?"

gphawk89 5 years, 6 months ago

Santana - Abraxas (on 8-track). I remember listening to it in the car almost every day on the way home from kindergarten. Still listen to that one from time to time, but the 8-track is long gone.

kef104 5 years, 6 months ago

Harmony, by Three Dog Night. It featured Never Been to Spain.

dlkrm 5 years, 6 months ago

A Sesame Street album. Actual music - Gene Simmons' solo album.

Gart 5 years, 6 months ago

Yeah and no. Not sure if the songs am posted are from the same record albums. Passed down to my older brother who influenced me in music. He was the one that always bought the record albums.....:

These are all great. Poor ole' Tom...

Gart 5 years, 6 months ago

BTW. The "Trio" all went went to Punahou School in Hawaii. Where our now POTUS went. Just a random fact that probably means nothing. . . . . .

FloridaSunshine 5 years, 6 months ago

I remember as if it were yesterday. Loved the sound!

You're still up, too, I see. For some reason, I'm wired...

This question about albums has brought back a lot of memories...some wonderful, some not so wonderful. Makes me realize what a huge part music has played in my life. (No pun intended...) :~)

Sweet dreams to you...Good night, tange.

FloridaSunshine 5 years, 6 months ago

And a good morning to you, tange. Thought I'd never get to sleep last night...or in the very early hours of this morn! Had to give a tongue-lashing to some little girl who is defending the 29- year-old who asaulted the 13-year-old...made me feel better, somehow. And sleepier. Taking this from you..."hu nu?" I went right off to sleep new way of getting some sleep...a good tongue-lashing to dumb teens?? Hope not... s-m-i-l-e

Robert Rauktis 5 years, 6 months ago

Bill Cosby-"Why Is There Air?;" Dave Clark 5- Glad All Over; Rogers and Hammerstein-South Pacific; Rolling Stones - "Out of Our Heads"; Animals - "Animal Tracks". I later deduced I was a fan of the Vox organ (and my own!) There was no attempt at someone programming to their categorization of "style", so collections were eclectic and word of mouth and family taste.

I had mostly 45's at a dollar a crack for an "A" and "B" side. Once in a while there were gem "B" sides. The round record sleeves of the 45's were a great feature...the best was *Parrot" who had Them and Tom Jones. The dust and scratches on the records enhanced some music, like the fuzz tone of "Satisfaction" CCR stuff.

FloridaSunshine 5 years, 6 months ago

Loved these guys!! Thanks for the memories, tange...I had forgotten Ferrante and Teicher...they made me have goose bumps...that I definitely remember! Beautiful...

FloridaSunshine 5 years, 6 months ago

I actually have one of their albums, "Pianos In Paradise"!!! HU NU???!!

FloridaSunshine 5 years, 6 months ago

SFBayhawk...ANYTHING by Bill Cosby is a winner!! And South Pacific? Be still, my heart!!

I was three or four years wasn't an was a 45...I remember it had scratches on it. It belonged to my oldest brother and I would sneak into his bedroom when he was at school and for whatever reason, LOVED to play that record...the "Marine Corps Hymn"...on his little portable record player turned as loud as it would go...until my mother would come running in to turn the thing down. I can still hear that music, scratches and all...horrible sound but I adored it! This happened at least two or three times a week until I found a record of Liberace in my mother and dad's bedroom (I seem to have been a little snoop!!) and fell madly in love with the piano. Thank you, Liberace!

Can't remember my first album...I started collecting all sorts of music by age 10 or 11...Artur Rubinstein was one of my special loves...classical music and opera being my favorites. But there were also all of Tony Bennett's, Frank Sinatra's (especially with Antonio Carlos Jobim), Streisand...I could go on and on...and I still have them all...wouldn't part with any of them. Some of my collections were stolen by furniture movers many years ago...a heart-breaking event that I try not to think about. If I were to sum up my life in two words: music & books.

FloridaSunshine 5 years, 6 months ago're having great fun with all of this, aren't you? I'm so glad my post could inspire you to enjoy yourself to such great lengths! What a hoot! You do make me giggle and laugh...a lot...and I thank you for that. Especially when I feel as if I had one too many drinks last night...and never had even one! (I think "especially" is spelled just doesn't look right...) Think I'll be taking a nap later this afternoon... :~)

FloridaSunshine 5 years, 6 months ago

Pywacket...I still do, too. Vaughan singing, "It Never Entered My Mind" just blows me away. And if we got into all the incredible songs written by Rodgers & Hart, Porter, Kern, and the Gershwins, we'd be here all day!! Thanks for reminding us of these incredibly talented people. They are all gems...and their music is part of our lives. I pass all of this (and much more!) on down to my granddaughter, just as I did with my daughter. There's no escaping great music in this family!!

FloridaSunshine 5 years, 6 months ago

When I said, 'I still do, too', it was referring to your "Still do" in line three of your post...I didn't mean I grew up in the 60's and 70's by any means of anyone's imagination!! :~) I was actually STILL growing up...if THAT makes any sense at all...

I simply adore all the great artists you named...and I know all about the swooning part...I've done my share of swooning. Thanks again for the post, Pywacket.

shotgun 5 years, 6 months ago

What else? King Crimson. "In The Court Of The Crimson King"

RoeDapple 5 years, 6 months ago

"Introducing The Beatles" Actually it's my wife's, I never collected albums back then. Still have it too. Hers is the monotone version, not the stereophonic.

labmonkey 5 years, 6 months ago

The first one I ever bought with my own money was Billy Joel's Storm Front on cassette when I was in the 6th grade.

My parents did get me a 45 of Ronnie Milsap's Stranger in My House when I was in kindergarten. I was a weird little kid.

ST3V3N 5 years, 6 months ago

Yes! After that I bought Vol4 and Alice Cooper Billion Dollar Babies....both still great!

classclown 5 years, 6 months ago

Actually I bought two the same day so I'll count them both as firsts.

"The Grand Illusion" by Styx "2112" by Rush.

Not bad for a couple of first albums if I do say so myself.

I was really rocking the Styx back in them days. Bought everything I could find of theirs.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 6 months ago

Yes, 45's were how I bought music, at least the earliest music I bought.

And while I listened to lots of top 40 on WHB out of KC, I eventually found KAAY in Little Rock, particularly Clyde Clifford and Beaker St. ( and not long after KBEY-FM and KUDL-FM, which for a few years, played music that most commercial stations would not (and probably could not) touch by groups that are now in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame (and others that probably should be.)

Kyle Neuer 5 years, 6 months ago

The weekly "40 Star Survey" was essential reading from WHB. Then, Little Willie and Gandalf Greenstone on KBEY out of KC and Beeker St. on the late night AM(The mighty 10-90) out of Little Rock. That was as cool as it got around here.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 6 months ago

If memory serves (hazily,) the music portion of Beaker St. started at ten or eleven, and went until two or three, and it was followed by Beaker Theatre, which played old radio plays, usually with a Twilight Zone quality. Falling asleep to Beaker St. and waking in the middle of one of those plays could be pretty surreal.

bad_dog 5 years, 6 months ago

Last time I can recall listening to Beaker Theater was while I was at the Ozark Music Festival in sorry Sedalia, Mizzery, back in '74.

FloridaSunshine 5 years, 6 months ago

g_rock...Why are you hanging your head in shame? Manilow has written some of THE best "love songs" ever. He's amazing...I don't know why more people don't recognize that, although he has VERY loyal fans. I luv the guy!! I don't mind if I'm "hip" or not...couldn't care less. I like what I like...and you should, too. :~)

FloridaSunshine 5 years, 6 months ago

I love this!! Thanks, labmonkey!! SO F-U-N-N-Y!!!

FloridaSunshine 5 years, 6 months ago

Bet you never got that shhhload of work done!!! You've been havin' too much fun here... :~)

FloridaSunshine 5 years, 6 months ago

Yes, I know of which you speak. I'm always astounded when, on this forum, I find such crudeness...but, guess I shouldn't be surprised...I've seen it often enough. I suppose I expect a camaraderie from all Lawrencians. Supposin' that's too much to ask. Sad on their parts, in my opinion. I have, several times, declared (to myself) that I'll not return...but I start missing the funny, delightful, intelligent comments from people who have captivated my interest via this forum. So, it seems, the good overcomes the not-so-good. Yes, I can deal with that. No one has been as much a thorn in my side as Liberty_One (in the past)...if I can "overcome" him, I can breeze right by the others! :~) I get far more defensive when their barbs are directed at fine, decent people than when they are directed at myself. It's such a consolation to realize some very delightful people visit this forum...that's why I never stay away for long...

Your work around your home will always be there waiting for's not going anywhere...unfortunately. Work...isn't that what "time off" is for? s-m-i-l-e

FloridaSunshine 5 years, 6 months ago

Oh, I understand your last line so very well. Sometimes I have to leave the computer.

I posted some comments at the end of this thread, blog, whatever. See if you know the guy... :~)

Soapbox 5 years, 6 months ago

Signed copy of Revolver, John, Paul, George and Ringo!!

riverdrifter 5 years, 6 months ago

Agree -and 16 posts from one commentor.

riverdrifter 5 years, 6 months ago

Once/twice a year, I admit. You do it weekly (weakly).

Loretta Ybarra 5 years, 6 months ago

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Damn the Torpedos. Still one of my favorites.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 6 months ago

I was one of the dozen or so people who saw the very first live performance of Kansas (the lineup that became famous, anyway.) They still hadn't decided whether they were calling themselves White Clover or Kansas. It was in Snavely's Pub in Whiting, Kansas, chosen specifically because it was very obscure, and not that far from St. Joe, where they'd been practicing in Steve Walsh's mother's basement.

deec 5 years, 6 months ago

I dated a guy that was roommates with one of the Kansas band members.

I have no idea what my first album was...I had a lot of fun in the 70s.

deec 5 years, 6 months ago

I think it was either Yessongs or the Chick Corea album with 500 Miles High on it. My albums were all destroyed in the Flood of '93 when the basement was full of water and backed-up sewage for 3 1/2 weeks. You gotta love East Lawrence infrastructure.

Maddy Griffin 5 years, 6 months ago

They used to perform fairly regularly at a spot in Topeka called "Grandmother's". I worked there right out of high school slinging 3.2 beer. Tey were our biggestmoney-makers besides a band called "Cocky fox".

Shane Powers 5 years, 6 months ago

Aerosmith- Big Ones. Isn't Mary Beth Duda old enough that her first album should have been something older than Taylor Swift???

aero_steve 5 years, 6 months ago

Michael Jackson - Off the Wall on 8 Track

Kyle Neuer 5 years, 6 months ago

First 45-"Venus" by the Shocking Blue. Lp-The White Album

Acey 5 years, 6 months ago

"JAZZ WEST COAST" . . . a sampler that started my collection.
MY first LP, and first cool jazz album. A year later, my sister and her friends home from college let me go with them to a bar in The Village with them to hear the quartets from the West Coast...LIVE. I was 15, trying to pass as COOL, nursing a rum and Coke, and tapping my toes inside my shoes.

Now the records are scratched with age, and have no turntable to play them any more. CHET BAKER and GERRY MULLIGAN are long gone. . . . .

SeaBee 5 years, 6 months ago

"Rubber Soul" was the first LP. I think either "Dark Side of the Moon" or Steely Dan's "Gaucho" would have been the first CDs, replacing old vinyl in my collection.

Katherine Greene 5 years, 6 months ago

I was in the sixth grade. "Song to a Seagull" by Joni Mitchell. I liked the way the cover looked. My dad got me a Pete Fountain and a Herb Albert and the Tijuana Express album the same day.

Terry Sexton 5 years, 6 months ago

don't be showing us the cover. babboy might not like it.

MarcoPogo 5 years, 6 months ago

"Snoopy vs. the Red Baron" - It was a children's record that also had "On Top of Spaghetti" on it. Still have it!

Shane Garrett 5 years, 6 months ago

OMG! I remember that one. By a group out of Canada!

Katara 5 years, 6 months ago

I think I had that one too. Did it also have "Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport" on it?

MarcoPogo 5 years, 6 months ago

Damn straight!

Wally, I think it was the Peter Pan Singers.

MarcoPogo 5 years, 6 months ago

It was this one...with such a great album cover.

beatrice 5 years, 6 months ago

I always had access to music and albums because of older siblings, so I don't remember a time when I didn't have albums around. If my memory is correct, however, I believe the first album I purchased with my own money was "Dance to the Music" by Sly and the Family Stone. Pre-funk fun.

FloridaSunshine 5 years, 6 months ago

I knew it...I KNEW it...I was just waiting!! PERFECT!! And so very perfectly funny!! HA!!

Brian Conrad 5 years, 6 months ago

Jimi Hendrix in MONO really ... played it on my masterwork stereo with mono mode. bought the Stereo from Kiefs. first on the block to have a stereo . wooo hooo

Lana Christie-Hayes 5 years, 6 months ago

and Pink Floyd ~ WIsh You Were Here ~ same year.. 1975

gccs14r 5 years, 6 months ago

Mine was Foghat's Fool for the City on 8-track.

MarcoPogo 5 years, 6 months ago

"Hey there Romeo, aren't you a member of the 'He-Man Woman-Haters Club'"?

"I'm sorry Spanky, I have to live my own life."

mklopp 5 years, 6 months ago

Physical Grafitti - Led Zepplin on vinyl; I Robot - Alan Parsons Project on CD

Ronda Miller 5 years, 6 months ago

Hardly my first album, but I remember my sister coming home from college and handing me The Who's Tommy album as if it were yesterday. No, not The Beatles Yesterday. And happy 72 birthday to Ringo Star!

I also remember this favorite of Tange's and when my brother handed it to me - Help Me Rhonda by The Beach Boys.

Russell Fryberger 5 years, 6 months ago

David Bowie "Pinups". Still have, still play it.

Kat Christian 5 years, 6 months ago

First Album (vinyl) - "Eat a Peach" Allman Brothers (still have it). First 45 rpm was James Brown "Night Train" and my bro' Stevie Wonders "Fingertips (Stevie and I were born the very same moment in time, day, year). My third 45 rpm was "Walk Like a Man" by the Four Seasons (what was I thinking?) Now I can't stand it when men sings in an upper voice.

Kat Christian 5 years, 6 months ago

Oh wait a Mom got me a record when I was a little girl. I loved Davy Crockett and she bought the theme song Davy Crockett it is a 75 rpm vinyl record (still have it too - believe it or not). Still have some of her 75 rpm's like Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Benny Goodman, Guy Lombardo, Patty Page and so on. Some are still playable some too cracked or broken (why do I keep them - I don't know - they were from my mother's youth), but if anyone knows of someone who'd like to purchase them I might be willing to give them up for a fair offer.

mklopp 5 years, 6 months ago

I think you meant 78 RPM's, not 75...

Rae Hudspeth 5 years, 6 months ago

Peter and the Wolf, bought by my folks, of course.

First vinyl LP I bought myself: T Rex, The Slider First 45: Lola by the Kinks First CD: .. ? Can't remember, it took me far too long to give up cassettes in the car, I hated the sound of CDs when I first heard them

trinity 5 years, 6 months ago

As someone else has said-I grew up with older siblings&therefore had access to all kinds of awesome albums&45s. I think the very first LP record that I could claim as all mine (nobody else would have wanted it lol) would have been Down by the Lazy River (not sure if that was the album title) by the Osmonds. Hey I was only 10ish, 11ish! That one was soon followed by Jackson 5 albums...pop was the word, lol. WHB, yeehaw! :) Also practically wore out my mom's "Alice's Restaurant" LP...

FloridaSunshine 5 years, 6 months ago

Does anyone remember the wonderful Mr. Perry Como?? What a decent, beautiful spirit...such a gentleman. Here's "And I Love You So".... and "I Think of You"... (My favorite!)

I could go on and on and make a list..."It's Impossible", "Help Me Make It Through The Night"...etc. I think he wasn't as popular as Sinatra and some of the others because he was not a "player". He was truly one of the good guys. He had his audience and he was loved.

My mother and dad adored this man...and his singing.
Thanks, Mother and Dad, for introducing me to this beautiful voice!!

FloridaSunshine 5 years, 6 months ago

I go just so far with my "clashing", it seems. My love of music is SO diversified, I can never round them all up. But I'm definitely not into a lot that you are...e.g., further up on the thread, David Bowie. And you have given lots of links, on other threads, in the past, for modern-day groups I've never even heard of...I asked a few "youngsters" (in their early 30's mostly...some mid to late 30's) if they knew of these groups and they didn't, which I found intriguing...especially coming from my son-in-law who is a drummer (not by occupation) and, I thought, knew all the groups out there. He's more into heavy metal (which I detest, but, to each his own) daughter, his wife, is a classical pianist...."HU NU???" Opposites attract, oh, yes indeedy!! BIG S-M-I-L-E !!!

FloridaSunshine 5 years, 6 months ago

tange, you are absolutely right about folks generally being repelled by lesser superficial differences.

This man IS his music and I admire that. Thank you for sharing these two clips with all of us. (Btw...I think Bowie looks fantastic here.) I respect his evident great love of the music he brings forth. I have that same feeling of respect when I listen to and watch Sting.

camper 5 years, 6 months ago

The first Boston Record. Great record that also appealed to many.

camper 5 years, 6 months ago

My brother and I could not scrape up enough coins to get this one by the MC5, Kick out the Jams:

prairierose 5 years, 6 months ago

U2 The Joshua Tree on vinyl...epic for a

prairierose 5 years, 6 months ago

... middle school kid....darn newby posting fingers

Julie Craig 5 years, 6 months ago

My first 45 was American Pie for my 12th birthday in 1972. Thanks Chuck!!

notajayhawk 5 years, 6 months ago

Meet the Beatles. Still have it. Still plays end-to-end without a skip.

Sheryl Wiggins 5 years, 6 months ago

My first album was Guy Clark 'Old No. 1' I also remember buying and wearing out a parody 45, can't remember who it was by or the title but it was an interview asking questions and the response was a snippet from a popular song. the only line I remember now is "Mr. Jaws how does it feel to be hated?" and the song was "wouldn't you give your hand to a friend?"

Kirk Larson 5 years, 6 months ago

Sweet- Desolation Boulevard and Kiss-Alive Bought them from a friend of my brother who needed cash.

lunacydetector 5 years, 6 months ago

Sloppy Seconds - Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show

icdedpeeple 5 years, 6 months ago

Paul Simon - Kodachrome Best song - One Man's Ceiling is Another Man's Floor

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